NAACP Responds To Racist Allegations, LaRoque Stands His Ground

Local NAACP members gathered outside the Wayne County Courthouse Thursday respond to Republican State Representative Stephen LaRoque's allegations that the state NAACP and its leader, William Barber, are racist, and that he and the organization represent everything that's wrong with race relations in the state.

The NAACP members that attended the press conference say the organization is not racist, and say LaRoque's allegations are just a way to distract people from legislative issues like unemployment benefits, jobs and education cuts. The NAACP is demanding an apology from LaRoque.

Representative LaRoque says he stands by what he said.

LaRoque says Barber wrote an email on May 14, saying the Tea Party had taken over the Republican party and had declared war on African Americans and other minorities, which he says is proof that the NAACP is a racist organization. He also says the group uses race to get funding and should be dissolved.

NAACP branch members say they don't use race to get funding or influence others, and say they work for the good of everyone in the state.

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NAACP Branches in Wayne, Lenoir and Greene counties plan to respond to racist allegations by a state lawmaker.

A press conference is planned for Thursday at the Wayne County Courthouse. The meeting was scheduled to begin at noon.

Last week, Republican State Representative Stephen Laroque, of Kinston, sent an email to the NAACP expressing his opinion of the group. The email came just one day after the group's leader, Rev. William Barber, was arrested at the General Assembly.

Laroque told state government radio that the NAACP derives its funding and influence from race-baiting.



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An Eastern North Carolina lawmaker has characterized the NAACP and the head of the state chapter as "racist," and says that he and the organization represent everything that's wrong with race relations in the state and nation.

Republican Rep. Stephen LaRoque of Kinston, representing Lenoir, Wayne & Greene Counties, sent an e-mail to the organization last week expressing his opinion of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and state chapter president the Rev. William Barber. A day after Barber was arrested at the General Assembly for protesting proposed budget cuts by Republicans, LaRoque spoke to State Government Radio. He said the NAACP derives its funding and influence from race-baiting.

Barber told WRAL-TV Friday he was shocked by LaRoque's comments, but would not engage in what he called "the politics of yesterday."


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  • by Jim on Oct 1, 2011 at 05:00 AM
    get rid of the naacp.nothing but trouble,all members of this group need to get a life.
  • by Sammy Location: Stantonsburg on Aug 30, 2011 at 12:49 PM
    Finally a politician that stands for something besides getting the "black vote". I voted for LaRoque before, and I'm voting for him again. Where can I send some donation money to help with re-election!!!
  • by Doug on Jul 29, 2011 at 01:28 PM
    LaRoque.... You got my vote !!!!!!
  • by White Guy on Jun 10, 2011 at 05:29 AM
    The NAACP has help more gruops of people than any other one organization in the United States. Poor whites , working class people, Those with disabilities, mentaly Challenged , Women , GAYS. Sounds like a real racist bunch of people ! R U people stupid. The civil rights movement opened doors to the rights of classes of deprived people in this country.It Has hurt us a lot , Women taking jobs away from men instead of being in the home where they belong. Blacks and white poor people recieving govenrmnt grants and loans for education , all types of funding for poor people. They're not racist they just have ruined our country buy working for handouts to give people. Support the Tea Party Republicans and stop trying to equalize citizens by using tax money for those that have. If you don't have , don't look for me ot the goverment to get it !
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      by Another white guy on Jul 29, 2011 at 01:27 PM in reply to White Guy
      What the hell are you talking about ?????
  • by interesting on Jun 7, 2011 at 01:31 AM
    For people to claim they will vote for LaRoque solely because he called the NAACP and Barber racists shows the lack of concern vested in issues that truly plague our country that should be of higher concern such as the budget, the economy, our schools. I do agree the NAACP uses some racists tactics, but bickering online and stating your point to people that agree with you means nothing, and gets you no where. The minorities went out when they felt slighted, if you feel that the NAACP is that bad, and horrendous, and affects your daily living go out in protest. The KKK still exists, yet I'm not out on a news blog talking to a bunch of minorities about how much I dislike them and how racists they are, that gets me no where. If you are going to be arguing and voicing your opinion about the NAACP at least do so in an different environment that will get you somewhere.
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      by Wake Up America on Jun 7, 2011 at 03:39 AM in reply to interesting
      Racism is pretty serious BUB! Ask MLK if he were here!! That's right, he allegedly hated ALL racism! Or are you going to say he was a racist hypocrite who only hated racism against blacks. It is a major issue. Blacks are 12% of the population (used to be 14%) yet we treat them like they are the majority. End racial uotas NOW!!!
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        by Anonymous on Jun 8, 2011 at 11:38 AM in reply to Wake Up America
        If MLK was still alive, the NAACP would not be the way it is today...it would be better.
  • by To all blacks, Asians, Germans, Jews, Rednecks, etc. on Jun 6, 2011 at 08:16 PM
    I love everyone regardless of their race or color. I would go out of my way to help someone in need. But NAACP really does go against my grain. I feel like the more you make of color or race the worst things get and that's all I see out of them.
  • by Frank Sinatra Location: Heaven on Jun 6, 2011 at 03:15 PM
    I am not a racist I hate everyone equally regardless of race or sex.
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      by carolinagirl965 on Jun 6, 2011 at 08:10 PM in reply to Frank Sinatra
      LOL! Me too!! I don't discrimate!!
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      by Hear This on Jun 7, 2011 at 03:36 AM in reply to Frank Sinatra
      I do too! I am white and I even hate white people! (Sarcasm)Ask any pompous sanctimonious liberal! Yet THEY don't hate white people ONLY As long as you are sufficiently liberal. Look at the liberal media's hatred for evangelical Christians. There are at least 5 times as many evangelicals in this nation as there are Jews, yet we always have to have a Jew on the President's Cabinet and on the Supreme Court (actually more). But let a President try to appoint an evangelical Christian!! HORRORS as the liberal media will say!! They may impose their Christian beliefs on all of us!! Oh NOOO! What would happen to this nation if our government imposed Christian beliefs? As opposed to Godless beliefs! WAKE UP, AMERICA!!!
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        by ? on Jun 8, 2011 at 01:21 PM in reply to Hear This
        If the Government did that then it would be just like the middle ages where the church told us what we could and could not do, they would start burning people at the stake again (because everyone’s a devil-worshipping witch), and children and teenagers would go "missing" like they did back then whenever a priest decided to "take them under his wing". We already know what happens when the Christian church is in control and we will never let it back in control, they had their chance and they failed.
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          by Anonymous on Jun 8, 2011 at 06:53 PM in reply to ?
          And out government does not cause dozens including children to be burned alive (Waco) and hunt down and kill families(Ruby Ridge). Godless is no better; Christianity at least has a moral standard.
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        by TP on Jun 10, 2011 at 05:17 AM in reply to Hear This
        Our government does impose Christian beliefs in this country.DAAAA.social programs everywhere!Got it"Social Security,Immigration health funding, Medicare,Medicaid,SS Disabilty,Food Stamps,WIC programs,Daycare assistance,Humane Conditions in prisons,Prayer for Judgment in Court Rooms,Early outs for Criminals,Unemployment benefits,Higher Taxes on the wealthier AND PUBLIC SCHOOLS.Read Ayn Rand's books people.She's great.It's time to stop all the Christian programs in this country.Vote Paul Ryan and the TEA PARTY candidates.We need to stop all these Christian imposed programs on the lives of American Citizens.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 6, 2011 at 02:16 PM
    I'm not sure whose side you are on. But if you want to compare how about comparing women's salaries to men who do the same job.
  • by Anonymous Location: Tarboro on Jun 5, 2011 at 07:17 PM
    When did CMT become a white TV channel??? I believe that Charlie Pride was BLACK and he was one of the best country music singers ever!!!! Blacks can like country music too if they want. Nobody is holding them back.
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      by dee on Jun 6, 2011 at 08:36 AM in reply to
      who said CMT was a white tv channel? BET is supposed to be a black tv channel and they show white artists, so what is your point?
      • reply
        by TO Dee on Jun 6, 2011 at 02:12 PM in reply to dee
        Girl, please read former posts before repying.
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          by dee on Jun 8, 2011 at 05:07 AM in reply to TO Dee
          I don't have to read former post. I reply to the post I'm currently reading like yours!!!!!!
  • by J on Jun 5, 2011 at 06:37 PM
    I don't know who this LaRoque guy is but I like him.
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